Marussia, which was last seen showing a new car and new colors at the Frankfurt Motor Show, has spent the intervening months being quiet and productive. In addition to putting together promotional packages like commercials and rolling footage, the three-year-old Russian company is now an official partner of Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Racing.
The details are scant, but the two parties have signed a multi-year deal with Marussia getting "major on car, driver and team branding." Taking the Virgin step further, Marussia signed up with Cosworth, Virgin's engine supplier, and Cosworth will help the Russian company develop gas and diesel engines and drivetrains.
Follow the jump to check out two vids of all three Marussias on track, and the three Marussia commercials along with the official press release. Be sure to watch how the model has to squeeze herself into the cockpit – it looks tiny in there. Hat tip to Greg!
[Sources: Marussia, YouTube]
FIRST RUSSIAN SPORTS CAR PRODUCER MARUSSIA POWERS INTO FORMULA ONE WITH VIRGIN
Marussia is delighted to announce its major partnership with Formula One's new team, Virgin Racing, which was launched by Sir Richard Branson in London today. Formula One is the perfect stage for Marussia's high performance sports cars. Created in 2007 by the company President Nikolay Fomenko and ideologist Yefim Ostrovsky, Marussia's philosophy for its cars is 'Innovation built on reliability.'
The group has seen its concept morph into reality with the launch at the Frankfurt Auto Fair in 2009 of its grand tourismo sport coupe B1 and B2. This arrival on the global stage heralded the appearance of the first Russian sports car. In a multi-year deal Marussia will be high profile in the global F1 world with Virgin Racing, enjoying major on car, driver and team branding. It also enters into a relationship with Virgin Racing's Engine partner, Cosworth. Cosworth together with Marussia will produce new-era engines, not only including diesel and petrol ones.
To reflect this dynamic partnership, Marussia is developing a racing version of its car using F1 technologies such as advanced electronics and aerodynamic design. Technology is a key word for Marussia as it develops the high performance cars of the future. Marussia's President Nikolay Fomenko said "We are very proud to partner with Virgin Racing which like us is a young, innovative group of people dedicated to excellence and thinking outside the box. Formula One is the pinnacle of motor sport and the perfect environment to constantly strive for the best. It's a way for Russian talented racers to get to F1."